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  • Not to pick on you here! But I don't think that's correct either, either in 2e or 3e. Lookshy (called Deheleshen at that time) might have been a capital of the Shogunate at one point, but I don't think it was ever stated to be, and even if it was, it wouldn't likely have been the capital for the whole of the Shogunate's history. Remember, the Shogunate was a time of significant civil war, where many Dragon-Blooded commanders attempted to claim the title for themselves. If they had a set capital (not all states do), I'd think it would move around as the ruler changed....
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  • I'm afraid that's not correct - the Imperial City is not at the base of the mountain, it's far to the east, on the east coast of the Blessed Isle. See this map for the 3e version, but that's been the position of the Imperial City since at least 2nd Edition, and I believe 1st Edition as well.

    Also, the Imperial City wasn't built in the Shogunate (at least for both 3e and 2e). It wasn't built until after the Great Contagion/Crusade, when the Empress made it her capital, since it was the location of the Imperial Manse, which nobody could access or use during the Shogunate....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    One thing that wasn't noted that I thought should be pointed out - Lunars, by default, no longer need to worry about this at all (an individual Lunar could still be driven mad in the Wyld, but it isn't a general problem). Casteless Lunars don't have any problems with mutations any more (they're actually a very viable character type now!), and "chimeras" are also a valid character type, not a monster that Lunars risk turning into. A chimera is just a Lunar whose spirit shape incorporates two animals instead of just one. Ma-Ha-Suchi is, in fact, such a chimera, his spirit shape encompassing...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Lunars book release?
    When you do get a chance, I would absolutely recommend picking up the Lunars book, yes. It's an excellent book, both for fluff (it provides a whole bunch of useful NPCs and locations for people to interact with, as much for non-Lunars as Lunars), and for mechanics (it's got the first really solid mechanical treatment of Lunars in any edition)....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Am I the first person to notice this?
    And to expand a bit further, the Invisible Fortress was the location of a notable adventure from 1e - it was a manse, constructed as a secret bolt-hole in the First Age by a paranoid Twilight artificer, rendered impossible to find or remember, except to those he told the secret to. When the Usurpation went down, the Twilight and some of his Solar friends fled to the Invisible Fortress and were forgotten by the world at large. They spent the next few centuries going mad from the isolation and killing one another. Eventually, they all died off*, and the Fortress was left empty - except for all the...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Laurel-And-Ivy Technique for 3e
    3e Lunar shapeshifting is supposed to be limited to only humans and animals. That's intentional, because the 2e Lunar-style "anything at all" shapeshifting is something the current designers have decided broadens Lunar themes and playstyle beyond manageability, and makes shapeshifting very difficult to balance. So you're not likely to ever see Laurels-and-Ivy Technique make a reappearance in 3e.

    That said, if all you need is to disguise yourself as a plant, Lunars can do that just fine. They're still masters of disguise. Personally, I'd allow Essential Mirror Nature (Lunars,...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Exalted needs a Revamp
    If you don't like it, that's fair enough. But describing it as "already failed" is not particularly accurate, from a sales perspective. Kickstarters for Exalted products consistently rank among the top performing for Onyx Path products (and that's discounting the core book Kickstarter which was, as far as I can tell, the most successful Kickstarter Onyx Path has done, bar none). And Exalted products are rated highly in sales on most websites I can find that publish such stats. Drivethrurpg, for instance, has the Exalted corebook ranked within its top 100 best selling products on the...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Exalted needs a Revamp
    That makes the rather large assumption that Ex3's lifecycle is going to resemble 2e/1e's. Given that the RPG market, the publishing company, and probably the fanbase is significantly different for 3e, I don't think we can assume that at all. For one thing, the model of "one Exalt splatbook per year (two in years with a "minor" splat like Getimians and Liminals)" dates back to quite early in Ex3's history - I believe that as the proposed timeline came out something like a year or so after the corebook was Kickstartered? - I'd say it's clear that the relatively fast development...
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    You have a point. If that's a concern, I'd recommend restricting this to only working on a decisive throw....
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  • Personally, I'd have a living creature in a naval combat roll (Wits + Athletics) rather than (Wits + Sail). I think that makes a bit more sense....
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  • Kelly Pedersen
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    For simplicity, I would treat both the throw and the attack against the other person as the same type (that is, either both withering or both decisive). If you do a withering throw, then I'd describe the target as having barely dodged the person you threw, or barely caught them in a way that left them off-balance, whatever made sense in the scene, the usual effects of a withering attack. I would say that you only get initiative from the higher of the two targets (plus 1 for hitting the target at all), though of course both would still lose the full initiative. For decisive, I'd do much the same,...
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